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Somewhere Between The Spoons

I found the words I was looking for

tucked away inside the attic,

between the nineteen-twenties bicycle pump

that might one day come in handy

and the vinyls we’d inherited

without anything to play them on.

 

I peeled them from their hiding place,

shook the dust loose

to gain a better look.

Decided to keep them for a rainy day,

and pressed their petals between the pages

of yet another notebook.

 

When the freezer broke

poems of you came flooding free.

I didn’t know

that was where I’d stored them.

Perhaps I’d been trying, much like always,

to keep them from going bad.

 

Sun-baked and burnt,

stories of another world

crawled across the decking like ants

in neat lines of black type,

each bearing the weight

of a word count five times their size.

 

Halfway through the washing

was the character I’d been waiting for.

Curled inside the flannel,

I almost felt guilty for shaking her free

when her elbows clacked against her knees

all limbs and adventures

tangled up as one.

 

One day, I worry,

all the hiding spots will run dry.

There will be no more words to find

no matter how much I may try

and the notepads will have only petals

where once there was ink

and the keyboard will sit silent

where once I could make it sing.

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I decided to just see where tonight’s prompt took me for the dVerse Poets Pub’s Met The Bar Evening. I haven’t written a proper free write poem where I just spew words in a while so I thought I’d give it a go.

 

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Carol Forrester is a writer trying to be a better one. She’s currently working on a poetry collection 'It's All In The Blood'. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon. More recently her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.

12 Comments

  1. I for one am so happy you went free. This is a poem for all times and places and a reminder that the muse can spring her inspiration from every corner of the world we inhabit, those parts that are conscious and those which are not. So many lines to enjoy. A truly delightful read ( and listen)

  2. I love your realistic look at what our poetic life is like, as well as what the future may hold for us. All the more reason to rage against the dark night ahead. I found your poems in the freezer most interesting.
    dwight

  3. So glad you took the time to write this – some fine dusty images here – I liked the fifth stanza particularly, – “…when her elbows clacked against her knees / all limbs and adventures / tangled up as one.” Terrific.

  4. I enjoyed the entire poem, Carol, but felt a pang when I read:
    ‘There will be no more words to find
    no matter how much I may try
    and the notepads will have only petals
    where once there was ink
    and the keyboard will sit silent
    where once I could make it sing’.

  5. I loved this poem. It spoke to me from a hiding place behind the couch cushion. I especially enjoyed, “When the freezer broke
    poems of you came flooding free.”
    I look forward to reading more of your poems.
    Thank you for sharing.

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